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Meet Danny and Carlo Trinh-Ramos of Swanzu in East LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny and Carlo Trinh-Ramos.

Danny and Carlo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
At the age of 15, our parents surprised us with a gift of a drum set and a guitar, literally, the day that changed our lives. We committed our lives to practice; tabbing artists that impacted us, learning new techniques, creating melodies and tunes of our own. Later on the years, we became studious of audio engineering and a DIY mindset which subsequently became us, Swanzu.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think we even considered the thought of IT being a smooth road or a struggle. We just rolled with the punches, go where the dice may land. It’s been easy for us to be creative; it’s been easy to love what we do because the process of the work was not even considered. Yeah, I suppose there might’ve been a bit of disagreement in the process between us, but the aftermath was always positive. For Example, our Fresco EP, and even now for our upcoming album “Time Baby” in which we’re currently struggling to find a date to release, haha. I think we’ve been blessed to have supportive friends and family who inspire us in our craft.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
We simply love music; being quite avid listeners to new breakthrough artists or hidden gems of discovery or just in general sense of being outside going to shows and concert. It is an urge to learn from as many artists as we can. We’ve always been quite keen to infuse as many genres as we can as artists. We’re not quite the musicians where we like to stick to a certain style but to incorporate what we learned. We’ve been quite blessed to be surrounded by like-minded artists, as well as numerous of friends and family that pushes us and inspire us. Swanzu is simply a platform where we play, create and perform. A canvas painted by all different mediums of art. Where it goes from there, we don’t know, but it is quite comforting to come into the studio of that intent.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Hmmm, I would say patience and diligence. At times we’ve recorded countless rough tracks to agree on how we liked how the tracks were mastered. Sometimes It took days, weeks, or even months. During that process, we’ve accumulated much knowledge and have helped develop our niche on the process of our sound. I suppose our success is in essence of our satisfaction and how much fun we have performing them live.

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